November 13, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will present a Poetry and Music concert Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell. The concert is open to the public without charge.

Conducted by William Payn with accompanist David Cover, the concert will feature music by guitarist David Cullen and poetry readings by Bucknell professors Paula Closson Buck, Jackson Hill, and Michael Payne.

The program includes Wade in the Water, a traditional spiritual arranged by Mark Hayes; two Christina Rossetti songs: Song and Music and Remember; When Spring is Born at Last arranged by Jackson Hill; Sleep by Eric Whitacre and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri; and two traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan: Elijah Rock and Music Down in my Soul.

David Cullen

David Cullen

A highlight of the concert is a performance of A Procession Winding Around Me, four poems by Walt Whitman with guest classical guitarist David Cullen.

A Grammy Award winner for best pop instrumental recording, Cullen has performed in a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, and world music with such artists as Will Ackerman, Samite, Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, The Jaco Big Band, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Featured on the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler and other Windham Hill compilation CDs, he will be a featured soloist in the 2006-07 Windham Hill 30th Anniversary Winter Solstice Concerts. Cullen also has released two books through Warner Brothers Publications: Jazz, Classical and Beyond and Grateful Guitar, as well as nine CDs for the acoustic guitar label Solid Air Records.

Formed in 1964 by Allen Flock, the Bucknell University Concert Chorale is a mixed chorus of students from various fields of study at Bucknell which performs annual programs of secular and sacred music. The ensemble has traveled to numerous states and has performed with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas, Venezuela, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and for the Music Educators' National Conference in Atlantic City.

Future Chorale performances are scheduled for Feb. 25, 2006, in a combined concert with the four Bucknell student a cappella groups; April 21 in concert with Solid Brass as part of the Weis Center 2005-06 concert season; and April 22 in concert with the Bucknell University Symphonic Band to sing Bucknell professor Jackson Hill's composition The New Age.

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story posted Nov. 12, 2005

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